Online course in Business & Management

Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries

Explore the role of copyright in the creative and cultural industries.

Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Understand the role of copyright in cultural and creative industries

On this course, you will explore the role and importance of copyright in the business of cultural and creative industries. We will examine the practical aspects of the business where copyright plays a central role, and focus on its impact in different sectors.

You will also learn how copyright rules apply and how the flow of economic benefits operates between creators, rightsholders, and users of creative works.

Upon completion of this course, you will build an understanding of copyright that is invaluable for creators and people hoping to build a career in cultural and creative industries.

Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondshello my name is Angelique Kidjo. I am a singer and a songwriter. I am here to invite you to join CISAC University's new Massive Open Online Course. After exploring the history of copyright, we will be learning about creative industries. Creative industries allow us to create and enjoy works that make our culture and our lives meaningful. But how do these industries work and contribute to the economy? And how does copyright fit into all of this? Visual artists, composers, filmmakers, writers, photographers, designers, actors, singers and dancers ... they all produce original works. Material which is used by the creative industries to produce artistic goods and services.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 secondsCreators have an exclusive right over their work: this is copyright. We will see the central role copyright plays in the creative industries, and how it allows creators to earn a living like workers in other industries. Whether you work in the creative sector or are simply curious, enrol free on Future Learn. Spread the news and invite your friends to share this learning experience with you.

What topics will you cover?

  • About Cultural and Creative Industries - CCIs
  • The different sectors of the business of creative industries.
  • How does each sector produce economic results.
  • How economic results are shared between different interested parties.
  • What creators need to know to get their share of this economy.
  • Who is who, who does what and who gets what in the business of CCIs.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Compare the business models of the different sectors of creative industries deriving from the specific kind of goods commercialised by each one.
  • Explain who the creators in each sector of creative industries are, the rights they have on their artistic works and who owns the copyright.
  • Identify the legal requirements to operate a business that commercialises goods and services containing artistic works protected by copyright.
  • Summarise the role of copyright in the creative industries in defining who gets what from the wealth these industries produce.
  • Describe the essential elements of the contracts that regulate relationships between creators, publishers and producers.

Who is the course for?

This course is for creators of artistic works of any kind, producers, publishers, broadcasters, digital service providers, professionals involved directly or indirectly in the creative industries, and anyone interested in cultural and creative industries (CCI). It will also be very useful to anyone working in copyright or copyright-related industries.

Who will you learn with?

Marisa Gandelman

Marisa Gandelman

I worked as a musician and music teacher. I became a lawyer in copyrights. I did a Doctorate in International Relations and worked as CEO in a composer’s association. Now I’m an educator again.

Who developed the course?

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies.